Creating the venue from antiques
Workshop gives info on turning old theaters into local art scene gold
The Palace Theatre. The
Capitol Center for the Arts. The Adams Memorial Opera House. What do
these three venues have in common? They are all historic buildings,
saved from the wrecking ball and restored to their former glory by a
group of local concerned citizens.
Now, the League of
Historic Theatres is coming to Concord to host a workshop on how others
in the state can do it, too. A two-day intensive workshop, “Financing
Historic Theatre Rehabilitation Projects,” is happening at the Holiday
Inn in Concord on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 8. The workshop
is designed to help those who are working to rescue, restore and operate
historic performing arts venues to develop goals and plans that can be
The workshop is a
professional development program of the League of Historic American
Theatres, located in Baltimore, MD. The New Hampshire Main Street
Center, in partnership with NH Preservation Alliance and NH Division of
Historical Resources, contracted the League’s services for the session.
throughout New Hampshire have beautiful theaters with a lot of history,
but over time they were closed for a variety of reasons,” said Kathy La
Plante, director of the NH Main Street Center. “If rehabilitated, they
could once again be the cultural centers and economic engines in their
community. We brought this workshop to New Hampshire, so people who are
interested in bringing their theaters back to life would have the tools
to move these complex projects forward.
”Day one of the
conference will focus on the financial planning aspect of rehabbing a
theater. The session will outline the steps a group must take to draft a
budget for the project, as well as line up funding from a variety of
sources. Day two will lead attendees through the confusing minefield of
tax credits that may help nonprofit organizations make an expensive
rehab project a reality.
development staff, board members, volunteers and others involved with
historic theater rehabilitation planning and fundraising are encouraged
to attend the seminar. The information will be delivered in an
interactive, easy to understand format using real-life case studies.
LaPlante says the
information is valuable, whether a project is already underway or is in
the initial planning stages. “It’s basically everything you need to know
and then some,” she said. “It’s filled with those things you don’t know
you need to ask, until you find out the hard way.”
register prior to the seminar by calling the League of Historic American
Theatres at 877-627-0833. For more details on the conference visit its
website at www.lhat.org.